01 October 2014

Philadelphia Dedicates a Day to Taking Photos in October

Philly Photo Day is October 10, 2014. It's the fifth annual event and a day when everyone is invited to take a photo by using either a phone or a camera on October 10th in the city of Philadelphia. Each and every image will be printed and displayed in a gallery exhibition in November and December. There will also be billboard displays throughout the city and even an outdoor exhibition in Dilworth Park at City Hall in the spring of 2015.

For more information visit the website for details.

The Macro World of Ithalu Dominguez

I found Ithalu's gallery on Instagram while I was researching the SquidCam Lens system. I wanted to see what other photographers were doing with the lenses that I had received compliments of SquidCam. Seeing the tiny world up close through Ithalu's photography is fascinating. It's amazing the things we pass by everyday without realizing the wonder of it all!

© Ithala Dominguez

What is your name and where do you live? 
ID:  Hi, my name is Ithalu Dominguez. I live in Montebello, Ca. 

How did you get started in mobile photography? What device do you use? 
ID:  I started taking pictures with my cellphone in 2008. Photography is something I've always been interested in since I was a kid. When I got my iPod 5, I liked the camera even though it had only 5MP. I think it still is a great camera. Later on I acquired my first iPhone. At this moment; I've been using both, because the quality of the pictures are really good. 

© Ithala Dominguez

© Ithala Dominguez

Do you have a traditional photography or art background? 
ID:  No, I don't have any professional experience but I've always been attracted to photography and painting. I studied graphic design and I believe that influenced me to have a better perspective in mobile photography. 

© Ithala Dominguez

Who or what inspires you? 
ID:  What inspires me is how wonderful nature is and everything that is in it. There are a lot of beauties that sometimes we don't pay attention. I love going to the park and looking at the flowers, insects, everything that is small. I could spend minutes watching how the bees collect the flowers' pollen or how the ladybug eats aphids. When you love what you do, you don't feel the time, you just enjoy the moment. And of course, I'm inspired by all my friends on Instagram and their comments - that is always appreciated. They inspire me to improve myself and deliver better pictures. 

© Ithala Dominguez

© Ithala Dominguez

Your gallery on Instagram is all macro shots - why do you prefer macro photography? What lens do you use? 
ID:  Most of my pics are macros. I love macro photography because it is a way to appreciate and show what sometimes we are not even aware exists. Those little and beautiful details invite me to capture them. For macros shots I use a SquidCam macro lens that I believe is one of the best macro lenses on the market. It's very convenient and easy to use due its case which the lenses attach directly to.  And I just love the "Lego" style case. 

© Ithala Dominguez

Do you have any secret to getting such clear shots? Do you use a tripod? 
ID:  I don't use a tripod for macro photos - all shots are taken with the iPhone handheld. One important thing to do to get a clear shot is to have patience and wait for the right moment. You could use your free hand to help you to hold an object and get a clear and steady shot. 

© Ithala Dominguez

© Ithala Dominguez

Is there any other style of mobile photography you have explored? Portraits, Street Photography, landscape? 
ID:  I also like to take pictures of landscapes and sunsets. Actually I have taken some pictures of them but I haven't shared them on my Instagram. 

© Ithala Dominguez
© Ithala Dominguez

What advice would you give to those interested in macro photography? 
ID:  Never give up if you don't get the picture you wanted; keep trying until you capture the right moment. Be patient and always be ready. You never know when you are going to find a beautiful thing to immortalize. 

© Ithala Dominguez

© Ithala Dominguez

Is there anything else you'd like to add? 
ID:  Thank you for this great opportunity to show how macro photography can change the way we see our environment - how even the smallest thing has a purpose in life. Thank you for your support and featuring my macro photography on your blog. It's been a pleasure and a great experience. 

© Ithala Dominguez

Find Ithala: Instagram / Steller  

30 September 2014

Mob Street Tuesday No. 6

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mob Street Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. I love to get a glimpse of street scenes from around the globe to visit places I may never see except through the eyes of someone's camera lens. Thanks to all of you who participate each week! Please visit the Mob Street Flickr Group page to view the street photos from all the members.

The images in this showcase display some of the classic rules of photography that make an image stand out.

Image by Karen Axelrad demonstrates excellent use of the Rule of Thirds placing both subjects along the lower one-third horizontal line of the photo.  UPDATE: It was correctly pointed out to me that I mistakenly noted the Rule of Thirds being used in the photo below. I stand corrected in that none of the subjects actually fall on the intersection of the vertical or horizontal lines when a grid is placed over the image. Sorry for the confusion.

On the Job © Karen Axelrad
On the Job © Karen Axelrad

29 September 2014

Mob Paint Monday No. 38

Somehow I got off schedule and I've missed posting a Mob Paint Monday Showcase. The longer time between showcases made it even more difficult to isolate only a few works to feature here. Please visit the Mob Paint Flickr Group to see all of the wonderful creative pieces this community of artists produces!

Are you a Mob Paint member interested in doing a tutorial for Art of Mob? 
Please contact me using the contact form at the top of the blog. I'd love to feature more workflow posts so we can all learn from each other.

© Lorenka Campos
Kaikala © Lorenka Campos

28 September 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Review for Photographers

Last week I did a comparison between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 based on my newly acquired device.

If you are still deciding between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this article at Take Better Photos may help you decide. It is a comprehensive and detailed look at the newest iPhones from a photographers point of view.  The articles discusses everything from battery life, the infamous purple fringing to autofocus speed.

Photo from Take Better Photos Website
Photo from Take Better Photos Website

Call for Submissions: The Multiple eXposure Project Zine 1.0

Attention Art of Mob Readers - This Call for Submissions posted on behalf of the coordinators of The Multiple eXposure Project. 

The Multiple eXposure Project 

Call for Submissions: 

Attention writers, researchers, photographers, visual artists, and image-makers! The Multiple eXposure Project is a multimedia, multi/trans/inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator. 

We are happy to announce that we will be publishing the very first issue of our collaborative zine and we are now accepting submissions until  December 31, 2014. The theme of our upcoming zine is “Self-as-Subject”, an exploration of the “self” and its manifold permutations – its presence, identity, representation, liminality, and (dis)embodiment - in this day and age of digital madness, hyperreality and mobility. 

The zine is multimedia so we are accepting text and image-based submissions related to the theme in any format imaginable such as: articles, essays, reviews, short stories, poetry, interviews, photographs (film or analogue), visual narratives, videos, digital art, illustrations, cartoons, mixed media, collages, experimental pieces, etc. Collaborative projects are very much welcome. Multiple entries are also accepted. 

Digital and printed copies of the zine will be released. 

Some notes to remember:

  • Please include your name, short profile, country of origin, and blog/website (if applicable) in your email.
  • Photo submissions in jpeg format must include a title and description. 
  • When necessary, please follow the proper citations (MLA style) in article submissions. 
  • Please email your submissions to themultipleexposureproject@gmail.com

For more information on The Multiple eXposure Project, check out our website